Paypa’s Label Heads Busted In Massive Cocaine Ring

| November 30, 2010 | 10 Comments

Chicago emcee Paypa (not the Paypa from Project Mayhem), who recently inked a deal with Steve Rifkind’s SRC Records through Behind Da Scenes Entertainment, could find his deal in jeopardy as his bosses at Behind Da Scenes Ent. were just arrested and charged in running a massive cocaine ring that spread from Mexico to LA to Baltimore, and transported millions of dollars of work across the country via private jets.  Obviously, these guys are innocent until proven guilty, but USA Today is reporting:

LOS ANGELES — A celebrity disc jockey and the heads of an entertainment company were among 14 people indicted in a cocaine ring where private jets were used to shuttle large amounts of the drug from Southern California to Baltimore, authorities said.
Authorities said Tuesday that the ring smuggled hundreds of pounds of cocaine via private jets between May and November. They seized nearly 300 kilograms of cocaine and $1.1 million.

Among those facing drug trafficking and money laundering charges is Darrin Ebron, 43, who runs Goodlife American Clothing and was the DJ at Eddie Murphy’s 2008 nuptials in Bora Bora. Also indicted were Ricky Brascom, 28, and Charles Ransom Jr., 36, both of Los Angeles and who are co-chief executive officers of Behind da Scenes Entertainment, whose main artist is rapper Paypa.

Ebron and three others were being sought by investigators, while Brascom and his older brother were among those arrested this month. Brascom and the others are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

If convicted, each of the defendants could face up to life in prison.

Investigators used wiretaps to track the shipments that didn’t slow down despite the discovery of nearly 50 kilograms of cocaine aboard a plane during a refueling stop in September.

“It’s amazing what greed will do to you,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Villeza. “They knew something was going on, but the next day they were doing it again. They were not prepared to stop.”

Brascom was the ring’s leader, while Ransom shipped cocaine to his own distributors in Baltimore, authorities said.

One of the people suspected of farming out the cocaine in Baltimore was Ebron, who says on his website that his clientele included Usher, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.

Dana Sarabeck, a former spokeswoman for Ebron’s clothing line, declined to comment. The phone number to Goodlife’s office was disconnected, and a message left for Brascom’s attorney, William Pitman, was not immediately returned.

Villeza said chartered flights, which can cost between $20,000 and $50,000, are useful to drug runners because the planes aren’t subject to inspection.

“You can drive up to the plane and load up your cargo,” he said.

The supplier was Heriberto Lopez, 42, of Los Angeles, who also was indicted and most likely was getting the cocaine from Mexico, authorities said. Villeza wouldn’t comment on whether Lopez was tied to any of the violent Mexican drug cartels.

The money from the drug proceeds, which was brought back to Los Angeles on commercial flights, was used to pay Lopez and to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Brascom lived in an 11,000 square-foot home in a gated community near the rapper Dr. Dre in the San Fernando Valley and owned at least one Aston Martin car.

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  1. Man Man says:

    Drugs………

  2. Mike 100s says:

    Thanks fuck up! I’m glad lil homie got his deal already though. Keep doing your shit Pimp’n…

  3. Jessie says:

    Damn thats fucked up. I wish Paypa the best. Hope his deal is still legit and I hope he wasn’t involved. To all you drug dealers just know your time will come. Know when to fold!

  4. sco says:

    Lep next andrew stop taking my post down

  5. Fantom says:

    AND IF U ERASE MY SHIT ANDREW I WILL KEEP PUTTING IT BACK UP

  6. artistman999 (Ivo) says:

    You wild for the LEP comment… Congrats to Paypa on his deal, hopefully he still straight.. To the crew that was moving keys.. Got to greedy, if one plane get busted for 50 keys.. You sit down, you dont do nothing the next day. Chilax,regroup and go from there. But they innocent till proven guilty.. #FreetheGuys #EnglewoodFinest #AveCrazy 2.4.

  7. dirtyKIKE says:

    the cartels don’t let you simply leave the game………..ALIVE. so think about that “greedy” bidness

  8. craig alexander says:

    i keep up on all the hot chicago music….who is paypa……its a dumb name, and its spelled like a dumb person. I think I’m better off in general, having not heard him.

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